99designs the largest online marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design services, celebrated its move into its new downtown San Francisco headquarters last night with a kick-off party attended by dozens of movers and shakers in the Silicon Valley startup scene.
99designs launched its U.S. presence in 2010 with just two employees in San Francisco. Today, 32 employees work out of the new space including CEO Patrick Llewellyn, the majority of the company’s executive team and many of the marketing, customer support and design community support team members.
“We designed the San Francisco office with room to grow our head count and to house visitors from our Australian team and the community at large,” said Llewellyn. “We’ve invested heavily in outfitting the space with state-of-the-art video conferencing technology in multiple locations – even our café area and kitchen – to enable for global all-hands meetings and constant connectivity between our teams.”
Located at 447 Battery Street at the border of the Financial District and historic Jackson Square, the 576 square metre (6,200 sq. ft.) full-floor office features expansive wood-beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls displaying poster-sized prints of winning logo designs created by 99designs’ designers. Another highlight: a mural of the San Francisco skyline painted by two 99designs community team members.
99designs’ Melbourne-based staff has grown as well, to 20, and the United Kingdom, where 99designs launched a localized website in February, is currently home to two team members.
99designs, the largest online marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design services, enables businesses to source custom logo design, web design, t-shirt design, print design and other graphic design work quickly and affordably by launching design projects to a global community of more than 150,000 designers in 192 countries. In addition to its design contests, 99designs provides a 1-to-1 invoicing system that enables designers and customers to work together efficiently, and offers a ready-made logo store stocked with more than 13,000 high-quality logos available for customization and sale right off the shelf. The company was co-founded by serial entrepreneurs Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz (SitePoint, Flippa), and is backed by Accel Partners and angel investors Michael Dearing (eBay, Harrison Metal), Dave Goldberg (Survey Monkey), Stewart Butterfield (Flickr, Tiny Speck) and Anthony Casalena (Squarespace). To learn more about 99designs, including where the company is hiring, visit www.99designs.com.
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